I’ve gotten so used to Benchmade flippers that I’m surprised when I see the trademark butterfly on a knife that doesn’t have one. Such is the Benchmade 484, a new thumbstud-opener designed by Seiichi Nakamura.
Namakura has designed lovely collaborations for Benchmade before, including this winewood-handled Model 480 Shoki. The Shoki was the IWA international knife of the year in 2008, and its S30V blade steel was pretty durn’ fancy at the time. Benchmade now describes this discontinued model as an ‘ultimate pocket accessory.’
The 484 doesn’t quite have the black-tie elegance of the 480, but it does have an AXIS lock and the latest in superdupersteel blades. The 3.08″modified drop point is made of top-shelf M390 with a hardness of 60-62 HRC. It’s also got sculpted G10 scales, stainless steel liners, and a reversible tip-up pocket clip.
The 484 is so new it’s not available yet, but can be preordered from Benchmade for (only?) $225.